This week I’m featuring superb picture of Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina taken by Marta Kulesza from In A Faraway Land Blog. If you are enjoying this photograph you should check Marta’s photography site and definitely follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Picture Story: Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
I went all the way to El Calafate in Argentina for one reason only, to see the Perito Moreno Glacier. From the moment I saw the photos of it on the Internet I knew I want to see it with my own eyes.
This photo was taken just after my ice trekking excursion on the glacier. I was getting close to the end of my seven month long trip across South America and I was broke.
I didn’t know how I am going to make it back to Rio de Janeiro, from where I had my return flight home, but I simply couldn’t miss the opportunity of not experiencing the glacier first hand.
I was couchsurfing with a very nice Argentine guy, who happened to be friends with the owner of the trekking company. He convinced me to do the trek and managed to get me quite a big discount.
Nevermind my lack of money. I told myself I just can’t pass on such a big chance, can I? So I gathered whatever money I had left, called my mom and begged her to lend me some money and I booked it. I promised to pay everything back and I did.
The excursion lasted all day, the trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier itself lasted around one and a half hour. During the trek I saw icy blue lagoons, stood over 30 meter deep crevasses, listened to the scary noise from the ice-calving and took around a thousand photos. Wherever I looked there was something worth photographing. Towards the end of the trek I was treated with a glass of whisky with none other than glacier ice!
It was just towards the end of the tourist season. After the ice-trek we were taken back to the north shore and given some time to see the glacier for one last time from the great system of viewing platforms built right in front of it. The colourful trees, the afternoon light and the blue colour of the ice were perfect from every angle. The place was deserted and I felt like having the whole Perito Moreno to myself.
I can easily say that it was one of the most anticipated stops on my 7 month journey through South America. I have been to the Amazon jungle. I trekked through the Andes. I saw fuming volcanoes, and driest desert on earth, but none of those places have made such a huge impact on me as standing in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier, seeing its beautiful blue colour and its magnitude. Only then I truly realized how small we are against the powerful nature.
You can read about my whole experience here http://www.inafarawayland.com/2014/05/15/one-day-with-perito-moreno/